Jason Welborn lived the dream in 2018 - but then feared his boxing career was over.

Welborn completed a remarkable journey from small hall hero to world title challenger when he challenged Jarrett Hurd for his light-middleweight titles on the undercard of Tyson Fury ’s first fight with Deontay Wilder.

Two wins over Tommy Langford saw him win and retain the British middleweight title and hand him the biggest stage of his life.

But, after a fourth round knockout left him heartbroken, he was forced to remain at light-middleweight and was beaten on his return against James Metcalf last June.

It left Welborn, who juggles his boxing career with life running his own business, Welborn Grab Hire, seriously considering his future in the sport.

Jason Welborn (right) headlines Matchroom Fight Camp against Felix Cash

Thankfully, his wife stepped in and urged him to keep chasing his dreams.

He returns to the ring at Matchroom Fight Camp over a year on from his last fight to take on Felix Cash for his Commonwealth crown.

Back at his favoured weight and with a renewed passion for the sport, Welborn believes it can be the start of one last push for the very top.

“It was brilliant, obviously a dream come true,” Welborn recalls when asked about his world title challenge in Los Angeles.

“I won the British title, defended it, got married then ended up challenging for a world title as well.

“It was a mad year, everything just happened at once, all the hard work paid off and it was pretty unbelievable looking back at it.

“But then I plodded on, I had two losses at light-middleweight. I’m back at middleweight now and we’ll see what’s left in the tank.

Welborn fought Jarrett Hurd for his world titles on the undercard of Tyson Fury's first fight with Deontay Wilder

“After the world title fight I was disheartened. I thought I could’ve done more.

“But I took it on the chin, thought I’d see what would come of it and it was another light-middle fight that came up.

“It was a bit of a struggle, and I was busy with the work, Welborn Grab Hire.

“I had commitments on that side and I thought I might not have anywhere left to go to be honest, it might be time to pack it in.

“It was my wife who said, ‘listen, don’t throw it all away, get back in the gym’.

“Now I’ve changed trainers, I’ve got my love back for the sport. This fight has come up at the perfect time now and it’s just fallen into place for one last throw of the dice.”

Welborn was left deflated after defeat to JJ Metcalf on his return to action

Cash, 12-0, enters as the firm favourite on home soil after a faultless start to his professional career.

But Welborn insists his own resume, which features 24 wins and 8 losses, stacks up with the rising star.

And he is ready to “fight like a man” and prove he still has plenty left to offer knowing a win could set him up for a big push in the latter stages of his career.

The 34-year-old said: “It’s good to be back on a show, and obviously Eddie is the man in boxing at the minute, putting this on, so I’m grateful for the opportunity.

“I just want to open some eyes now. I’ve worked on Eddie’s shows a couple of times now, and he’s said myself that middleweight is my weight.

Jason Welborn twice beat Tommy Langford to win and retain the British title

“I just need a win and to put a good performance in to hopefully get a plan and start being on some big bills in the later stages of my career.

“I’ve been there before, being the underdog. Obviously Eddie has done a perfect job with him (Felix Cash) so far, getting him the right fights at the right time.

“If I’d have had that, if I’d have had his opponents then I’d have been in the same position as well. If you look at who he beat to win the Commonwealth title, I’d have beat him.

“If you gave me the same fights as him I think I’d have the same wins he has, but would he have some of the wins I’ve got?

“It doesn’t matter now what’s happened, the way I’m looking at it, it’s just down to me and him in the ring on Friday night and we’re going to put the gloves on and fight like men.”

Welborn insists he can hand Cash his first ever defeat as a professional

Whilst Welborn has often been out on the ground getting his hands dirty at work during breaks between fights, this time around he has maintained laser focus.

He added: “It’s sound really because my work runs itself, I’ve got drivers and got contracts. I’m busy on the phone but I’ve got the lads out and about doing the work and it’s running smoothly.

“When I’ve not got a fight I’ll sometimes jump in the van and get on the ground to keep myself busy, but I’m able to take a step back now.

“This camp has just been all the focus on this fight - my wife has taken a big role, the lads at work know what my focus has to be.

“It’s been great preparation for Friday, I’m excited to be in the ring, and I’m pleased to be working with Matchroom again.”